Time to prepare for the 2017 legislative session

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pearl River County’s newest representative in the Mississippi State Legislature was sworn in on Friday.

As John Corley took the oath of office and officially filled the vacant District 106 seat, he now represents the people of Pearl River and Lamar counties.

With just a few short weeks before the 2017 legislative session begins, it’s important for residents to convey what issues they want their representatives to advocate for in Jackson.

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Deadlines to introduce general bills and amendments are in mid-January, with the deadlines for other actions in each house extending through February and March.

Most state legislation occurs within those three to four months, unless a special session is convened.

Issues addressed at the state level have a greater direct impact on the lives of Pearl River County residents. Now is the time to advocate for legislation that would benefit this county and its residents.

In the coming months, it will be important to pay close attention to the legislation introduced, or reintroduced, and speak with local representatives about their stance on the matters.

Keeping an open line of communication with elected officials is a major component to holding them accountable for their actions, as well as ensuring they represent the best interests of their constituents.

Elected State House Representatives in Pearl River County are Mark Formby in District 108, John Corley in District 106 and Timmy Ladner in District 93. State Senators are Angela Hill in District 40, John Polk in District 44 and Mike Seymour in District 47.

Talk to your representatives today about any issues or legislation you wish to see passed in the 2017 session. Contact information for each of the officials is available by visiting http://www.legislature.ms.gov/.